Windermere Art Affair – February 20th

February 4th, 2016

Mark your calendar for the 1st Annual Windermere Art event on February 20th – sure to be a fun event for the whole family with a chance to see the work of Florida’s most accomplished artists

Windermere Art Affair

Windermere Art Affair

Orlando #2 for Housing Investment

February 4th, 2016

The following article appeared in todays edition of Florida Realtors News:

According to Forbes, Florida Housing Investment offers good values “where investors get the best bang for their housing buck, and where aspiring homeowners have the best prospects of making an economically sound purchase.”

Orlando real estate took second place and was followed by six other Sunshine State cities. Among them, average home prices are highest in West Palm Beach (No. 19) at $285,000 and lowest in Tampa (No. 14) at $193,000. The averages, though, have been accelerating at a rate of 9 percent to 14 percent in all the Florida cities.

Florida’s domination of the list makes a lot of sense in light of the national economic recovery, says Ingo Winzer, founder and president of Local Market Monitor. “Since the national economy has stabilized and is growing again, the factors that prompt people to go to Florida have recovered,” he reasons.

Windermere School Ratings and Reviews

February 1st, 2016

Local school information and ratings are typically at the top of the list in the selection criteria for families when searching for their dream home. Even those without school age children understand their home is worth more when the home is zoned for the top rated schools.

Schools are the center of family lives so this decision is not taken lightly by parents. As you search for Windermere School Ratings and Reviews I hope you will find the resources below helpful:

- Of course this website,  is an excellent source for school information and ratings for each specific listing, as well as information on the neighborhood and community specific to the location of that home - check it out!

- Windermere is located in Orange County and you can check out the website for Orange County Public Schools, This website includes school calendars, bus route information,  annual report for the school district and a wealth of information on the schools and district.

- Great you can access the website or download the mobile app which includes overview of the school, parent reviews, a report card on the school and a wealth of details about the school. A nice feature of this app is the Dig Deeper section which allows you to also get detailed information by grade.

- School in addition to having much of the same information above they also have a great map showing schools and ratings.

- has School Accountability Reports for every public school in the state, not as user friendly as the others but you can get to the information.

Linda and I are also a great resource for you as well. We have lived in Windermere for over 25 years and all  5 of our children attended the local public schools. We have been activate  our children schools and Linda served as a volunteer for over 10 years.  We are very fortunate  to have so many of the top rated schools in the Windermere, FL area.

Another great reason to call Windermere Home!


Orlando Housing Report – December 2015

January 28th, 2016

Real Estate Market Update for Windermere, FL 34786

January 27th, 2016

Real Estate Market Update for Windermere, FL 34786

For the year ending December 31, 2015 there was a total of 762 single family home sales in Windermere, FL, a 12% increase over 2014. These stats are based upon the single family home sales that actually closed during the year as reflected in the Multiple Listing Service.

The following is a graph comparing the average sales price vs the median sales price over the last two years.

Average and Median Sales Prices for Windermere, Fl 34786

Average and Median Sales Prices for Windermere, Fl 34786

The average sales price is the aggregate of all sales volume divided by the number of closed transactions. The median sales price is the level at which half the sales closed above and under the mid point, based on the number of transactions in the period. In the Windermere market the average can be heavily skewed by the sale of the luxury lakefront homes. The median sales price is a helpful measure for evaluating the overall 34786 zip code.

So what does the median sales price of $435k in Windermere currently buy? A home that is approximately 2,900 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths with a list price between $140 – $155 per square foot.

As with any broad based statistic for real estate these numbers are best used to evaluate the overall market and as a comparison tool for other local markets or zip codes. These statistics are also helpful to potential home buyers in identifying those areas in a city that are most likely to have the highest concentration of homes available for sale within the targeted budget. Large variances can exist between zip codes that border each other so getting professional insight in important.

However, when you are ready to sell or buy nothing will replace the property and neighborhood specific analysis you will be provided by your Realtor. The Realtor’s professional experience and market knowledge are critical resources in establishing a seller listing price and a buyers offer price.

Mortgage Interest Rates for the week ending 1.21.16

January 22nd, 2016

Freddie Mac the primary provider of Home Mortgages in the United States reported for the week ending January 21, 2016 that 30 year mortgage rates remain below 4% as shown in the table below:

Interest Rates

Interest Rates for the week ending January 21, 2016

The low interest rates for 30 year mortgages present a very unique opportunity for those purchasing or refinancing a home. The Federal Reserve increased rates .25% at the last Federal Reserve meeting and expectations are that this will not be the only interest rate increase in 2016.

A quarter percent doesn’t sound like much does it? But do you know that for each .25% increase for interest rates your monthly mortgage payment will increase about 3% for the 30 year life of the loan?

Now imagine the impact when interest rates return to historical norms in the 6% – 7% range. Mortgage Interest for many homeowners is the most expensive component of home ownership. If you are thinking of purchasing a home or refinancing, from a historical perspective it’s never been better time.

We have a handy mortgage calculator on this page to assist you in your planning.

Winter Garden Music Fest 2015

October 8th, 2015

Save the date – The Annual Winter Garden Music Fest 2015 is scheduled this weekend, October 9th – 11th. The FREE family fun 3 day event will be held in Historic Downtown Winter Garden on Plant Street.

The Historic Downtown of Winter Garden has a wide variety of dining options and local specialty shops. Dining options range from family friendly pizza to fine dining, there is something for everyone. Attendance at the 3 day event is expected to exceed 20,000 guests. Although there is plenty of parking in and around the Downtown area allow some extra time to park for this event.

Music Fest Hours

Friday, October 9th: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 10th: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday, October 11th: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Located in the heart of the charming historic Winter Garden, the event attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually. This free, fun, family event features dozens of live performers!

The event will feature over 30 different groups representing over 20 different genres. For additional information on the event schedule and parking you can click on this link:

2015 Winter Garden Music Fest

2015 Winter Garden Music Fest

In its 10th year, the Winter Garden Music Festival is produced by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Winter Garden Music Fest

Winter Garden Music Fest – 2015

Windermere Movie Night – Disney’s Frozen!

December 9th, 2014

Bring the family to watch Disney’s Frozen – A great family event this Saturday evening, December 13th at 6:00 pm behind Town Hall in Downtown Windermere. There will be complimentary soda, popcorn, pizza and the movie! Bring along some chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening under the stars with your neighbors.

Movie Night - Disney's Frozen

Movie Night – Disney’s Frozen

Ralph Zeigler
Zeigler Realty Group

Florida Hospital’s Winter Garden Campus

October 28th, 2014

The west end of Orange County is undergoing tremendous growth as the Horizon’s West project comes alive. With that growth and rapidly growing population base is a need for first class Health Care Services to meet the needs of residents in Winter Garden and surrounding communities. Construction of Phase I of the new Florida Hospital Campus is underway.

The facility will be built in 3 Phases.

Phase I will include a 75,000 square foot facility that will provide the following services:
•An emergency department addressing chest pain, stroke, orthopedic injuries, heart attack and more
•Acute care services
•On-site imaging
•Access to Florida Hospital specialists

Phase II will include an Outpatient Surgical Center and

Phase III will include hospital beds.

The facility is located at located between Daniels Road and State Road 535, across from Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves.

The first phase of the Center will open in 2015.

Florida Hospital Winter Garden

Florida Hospital Winter Garden

Ralph Zeigler
Zeigler Realty Group

Mark your Calendar for GumboPalooza!

October 26th, 2014

Mark your calendar for November 8, 2014 because the 4th Annual GumboPalooza event is returning! Got a great favorite gumbo recipe then you too can enter and compete! Or you can just come and enjoy the great food and all the days activities. The event is being held at The Pines of Windermere Park located at 3409 Maguire Road, Windermere, Fl. The event will run from noon until 6pm. See map below for directions.

Your admission includes all the gumbo you can eat and you get to vote for the Best Gumbo! Last year there were 27 teams competing for the Peoples Choice Award – it is sure to be a day that will light up your taste buds! The ultimate gumbo lovers buffet!

Entertainment will be provided for the whole family with music, art, great food and everything fishing. In addition there will be a silent auction and a raffle with great prizes.

Proceeds from the event benefit Give Kids the World (GKTW) with over $50,000 raised over the 3 prior events. GKTW is a themed Resort located in Central Florida near the theme parks and where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong fantasy vacations. The GumboPalooza fishing team provides fishing trips to families staying at GKTW on Tuesday evenings.

GumboPalooza 2014

GumboPalooza 2014

GumboPalooza Map

Town of Windermere Map

So mark your calendars for a Great day of fun benefiting an awesome organziation!

Ralph Zeigler
Zeigler Realty Group